Talbot School of Theology

Urgent care: restoring severely declined churches to health

Author
Jon M Van Dine
Abstract
This project proposes a medical paradigm for restoring health to declining churches and prepares a manual to guide pastors and congregational leaders to function as a team in health restoration. The manual offers diagnostic and prescriptive tools to remove systemic pathologies that destroy church health.

Prayer changes lives: a seminar for personal spiritual growth through prayer

Author
Wai-Shing Simon Tse
Abstract
This project proposes and prepares a seminar workshop to promote spiritual growth through prayer in Chinese American congregations, testing it with five members of a local church for eight months in 1997. The workshop aims to foster a deeper personal knowledge of God in order to motivate believers to pray, engendering personal spiritual growth and revival. The workshop also addresses practical problems of prayer experience, particularly in the Chinese American cultural context.

Our godparent: the attributes of god as a model for parenting

Author
Steven R Flora
Abstract
This project proposes that Christian parents should reflect certain communicable attributes of God as they rear and disciple their children: veracity through genuine and reliable character in marriage and family relations; knowledge and wisdom in understanding children's developmental stages, personalities, and learning styles; love that meets inner needs for love, belonging, worth, confidence, and edification; communication through focused listening, effective expression, loving action, and conflict resolution; holiness in moral reasoning, emotional growth, behavior, and conscience; righteousness that trains godliness through telling, teaching, participating, and delegating; power and sovereignty in correction that balance control and support through reward, restriction, retribution, and relief.

Restoration of fallen Christian leaders

Author
Robert C Erickson
Abstract
This project proposes a process of restoration for Christian leaders who have fallen due to sin, destroying their credibility and effectiveness in their families and churches. The restoration process involves confession, not only to one's spouse but to all who are offended; repentance, defined as submission to God, to other leaders, and to one's spouse; and receiving forgiveness and grace from God and from those who are offended. The restoration process prayerfully produces a rehabilitated Christian leader able to love and serve others and self freely.

Discovering cultural clues for effective evangelism in suburbia

Author
Jerry E Rueb
Abstract
This project proposes that cultural factors are important in effective evangelism, and that churches that carefully and properly interpret their cultural setting will have some cultural keys to communicate effectively to their neighbors. The project tests and applies this matter of cultural understanding in suburbia--specifically, Delta, British Columbia. A "Target Audience Profile" helps pastors and church leaders draw a community profile for themselves, so that they can respond to their own context accurately.

Proactive pastoring: designing a caring network for shepherding the large church

Author
Raleigh G Galgan
Abstract
This project proposes that in large churches--such as Valley Evangelical Free Church (Vacaville, Calif), which has grown to 1,300 in attendance since 1979--the tradition of the pastor as hands-on caregiver must be exchanged for the practice of the people of the congregation as hands-on caregivers. The pastoral staff must empower lay ministry and lay leadership, and then empower lay people as primary caregivers. The project offers a framework in which Valley Church becomes a purpose-driven congregation and adopts the meta-church concept of leadership development with small groups as the laboratory for building leaders and facilitating caregiving.

A team seminar to facilitate team building by the pastoral staff and lay leadership

Author
Louis G Diaz
Abstract
This project proposes a team-building approach to leadership in a seminar for pastoral staff and lay leaders of Wheaton Evangelical Free Church (Wheaton, Ill). In an evaluation following the seminar participants conclude that a hierarchical management style stifles and hinders full involvement and cooperation between leaders and followers; lack of involvement and ownership by followers is a major drawback of hierarchical management; withholding information and insisting that people do what has to be done without adequate explanation destroys motivation and renders people ineffective. A team-building management style results in greater cooperation, involvement, commitment, communication, and consensus.

Components of interpersonal communication among single male adults

Author
Richard Eiji Chuman
Abstract
This project seeks to define the components of interpersonal communication necessary for single adult males to build healthy personal relationships, in order to encourage single males to become "bridge builders of the heart." After defining communication from biblical and linguistic perspectives, the project defines the one who is communicating--that is, the single male--and then defines male friendships and offers insights into relationships with women.
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